Author: Michelle

Editorial Freelancers Association and some editing stats (mine)

I finally got my act together and became a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, through which I intend to do lots and lots of professional development (i.e sign up to some developmental editing related courses and improve my knowledge). I’ve already done a book mapping course with them and was very impressed with the level of content, plus I got a lot out of it. I intend to study their three developmental editing courses (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) when they become available again. So, I get to display this banner on my website:  In other news, and in...

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Revolt by Kyleen Valleaux

Revolt (Dragons of the Thaumaturgic Realm Book 1) by Kyleen Valleaux, Michelle Dunbar Buy on Amazon Goodreads They broke the ultimate taboo. Bobby never imagined she would fall in love with a dragon. Maug hadn’t considered seeking a mate outside his race. They found each other by chance and stayed together by choice. Now Bobby and Maug have to contend with the enmity of two kingdoms, fairy and dragon. Worse, they trigger an all-out war that threatens the very existence of the dragons. With mass extinction in the balance, can Bobby and Maug’s love survive? Can they? From the...

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Ywriter for developmental editing

After sharing my page yesterday on my working process I had a few inquiries from fellow editors about the software I use to dissect developmental edit a novel. The software in question is yWriter. It was written by Simon Haynes (Spacejock) who, in addition to designing software, is also an author.  Designed as a tool to help writers, I have found it a useful device for note taking during the developmental stage of editing. I have little awareness of how other editors work, but to quickly summarise how I work, I always read the manuscript in its entirety before doing any detailed analysis of story, technique or structure, and follow this with a one-two week ‘rest period’. Ywriter Ywriter is primarily a writing tool and is especially useful for writers who like to plan their novels to the last full stop. For this post, I will discuss the sections generally or this will turn into a novel length post. I have made a sample so I can show you how I use it for developmental editing (please excuse the shoddiness of this potential novel): As you can see, the end result of using this software is that you can see at a glance the scene details and the characters, locations, and items that are important to the scene/book. Story time can be tracked, a storyboard (by character pov) accessed, dramatic arcs...

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Mathematics of Eternity by David M. Kelly

Mathematics of Eternity by David M. Kelly Buy on Amazon Goodreads Meet former space engineer, Joe Ballen. These days, he’s scraping a living flying cabs in flooded-out Baltimore, trying to avoid the clutches of his boss and the well-meaning advice of an old friend. When one of his passengers suffers a grisly death, Joe is dragged into a dangerous web of ruthless academic rivalry centered on a prototype spaceship. As the bodies pile up, Joe becomes suspect number one, and his enemies will stop at nothing to hide the truth. With the help of an enigmatic scientist, a senile...

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Age of Order by Julian North

Age of Order by Julian North Buy on Amazon, Add to Goodreads Inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal. Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and she soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. Daniela may have a chance to change the world,...

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